In the fourth quarter of last year we saw the increase in demand for tech talent in the architecture and infrastructure areas. Business owners, anticipating potential improvements in the economy, and knew that they needed to upgrade their tech to keep up with the upturn. Tech salaries began to climb as demand increased and the tup ply of tech talent dwindled. Companies like Google, seeing the writing on the resume, gave their employees salary increases in an effort to protect them from recruiters. Bonus programs began to turn, and retention plans became part of corporate strategy.
The next phase of the tech talent wars appears to be headed for the Internet. There is an increased demand now for .Net developers and other web-based skill sets. Companies like Twitter and Facebook are working to retain their existing talent, and attempting to build their staffs. Smaller tech companies, both existing and start up, are struggling to find qualified web developers in the midst of the demand increase.
As is often the case, the demand for talent follows the demand of the consumer. Increases in use of social networks like LinkedIn and Facebook within business are creating the need for internal social networks. Bigger players like salesforce.com have created hosted solutions for private social networks that can be used within companies. Other companies are working to build their own, and developers will be required from design through launch.
This bodes well for the technology professional as salaries are expected to rise further as the year advances. Demands for mobile solutions will add fuel to this fire, further diminishing the resource pool. As our work environment changes, expect increased demands in networking and database development areas. Mobile platforms will still require some infrastructure support, and remote workers, newly connected via Chatter, will still need information to do their job. From an employee perspective, it is a good time to be in the technology field. From the perspective of the employer, there are some challenges to meet as demand exceeds supply, and top tech talent demands greater opportunity.